Homekeeping Tips: Making a Home Inventory5:00 PM
Friends, the moving process has begun. Ok, well, really we're just in the keeping the house ship-shape, waiting-game phase right now but, that's progress. Considering I'm a homemaker and this is technically an "all things domestic" space, I thought you all might allow me to share any tips or thoughts I have throughout the process. Cool? Cool.
First, please, I beg you, heed this advice: do NOT wait until you are moving to attempt to inventory your entire home!
A home inventory is absolutely essential for a move, especially if a moving company will be transporting your goods from A to B. Sure, the moving company will draft an "inventory" while the packers are boxing your stuff but, this isn't the most accurate for three reasons:
- They can get a bit hurried and write items such as "boxes of books." No really, we had that on our inventory when we moved here from Virginia. "Boxes of books"... that's great but, what if a box is lost? What did this box contain? No one knows. Not knowing what you lost means you won't likely be able to collect insurance (not to mention work on tracking new copies down).
- We had a bit of a pocketing issue last time... it's terribly difficult to keep an eye on every little item going into each box when there is more than one packer in your house. They tend to be in different rooms. So, there's nothing to stop them from packing two bottles here, pocketing one there. The process was so overwhelming, truth be told, I didn't examine the movers' inventory as thoroughly as I should have so, I didn't notice at the time that some items never made the list. By the way, who steals schnapps!?
- The movers don't know how much your stuff is worth. We're lucky enough to have "replacement value" insurance built into our relocation package but, how can we be reimbursed if we haven't researched the value? (Also, some companies require a separate inventory sheet for any and all items over a certain value. For us, last time the mark was $2000, this time it's $100!)
- Don't forget to tally up the total value of your goods each year before renewing your insurance policy. You want to make sure your coverage is high enough to account for everything.
- Take photos off high-value items and items with serial numbers.
- Back-up all of the documentation regularly.